Project Profiles

Personalised Travel Planning Projects

Two projects have recently been carried for a large national media company seeking to relocate offices in North West England and London.

The projects identified the impacts of the potential relocation on staff journey to work. In the North West project this looked at travel options for more than 500 staff relocating to 3 possible office locations. In the London project we examined the travel options for more than 120 staff moving to 2 possible sites in Central London.

In both projects detailed journey plans by public transport were produced for each  staff member, showing travel mode, interchange points and journey time.

The results have helped to inform the client of the impact of the relocation on existing staff.

A55/A494/A550 Park & Share study 

The study, for North Wales Trunk Road Agency and Flintshire Council, considered sites where informal Park & Share activity was taking place, provided research on existing formal sites elsewhere in the UK and suggested an implementation strategy for the development of new sites along the North Wales Expressway corridor.  A framework analysis was carried out to determine site suitability and considered deliverability, cost, demand, suitability as rural transport hub, integration with bus services, safety and location as key parameters.

Bus Rapid Transit Feasibility Studies
The Project evaluated 18 routes and route options for future Bus Rapid Transit lines identified by GMPTE. This work included an on-site examination of each route and an identification of the required infrastructure at an outline level, coupled with estimates of capital and revenue costs. The study included bus service planning, outline service specifications and operational costing.

Express Bus Review
Commissioned by GMPTE to carry out a high level review of the potential for a number of suggested Express bus routes across Greater Manchester. The study included a
review of the suggested routes in the context of the existing networks; suggested revisions to the original routes to improve efficiency and increase the market, outline estimates of journey times, frequencies and vehicle resources, identification of traffic congestion “hotspots” and bus priority measures and opportunities for wider integration with other bus services/Park and Ride etc.
The study resulted in a ranking of the suggested schemes in terms of feasibility and viability.

Quality Partnership Schemes
Commissioned by GMPTE to assist in the development of a potential Quality Contract Scheme for Greater Manchester. This work included consideration of a number of issues which would need to be resolved prior to the making of a scheme, including; Transition and Implementation, timescales, satisfying the public interest criteria, deliverability, risks, fares and ticketing, TUPE and employment protection, Depot issues, Market Segmentation and contract issues.

The work has included the production of a series of Technical Notes which have considered a range of suggested options and have advised PTE officers on the issues.


Voluntary Bus Partnership Schemes
Commissioned by GMPTE to assist in the development of a Voluntary Bus Partnership Scheme in Greater Manchester. This work included liaison with the bus operators on a common Code of Conduct for operating standards which underpin the individual agreements with operators, r
edrafting of the Code of Conduct to reflect comments made by the Operators and GMPTE officers, drafting a suggested customer charter, compensation scheme and Partnership branding scheme, based on identified good practice.


London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

Roy McDonald was engaged as Deputy Bus System Manager: Ceremonies Transport.

In this high profile role Roy oversaw the successful planning and delivery of bus and coach transport services for the Olympic and Paralympic Family client groups, Heads of State and Ministers of Sport from across the globe and various Domestic Dignitaries.

Tasks involved in this demanding role included:

• Liaison with other internal and external functions to establish the transport requirements of multiple client groups;

• Development of the system operational plan and operations manual, including operational policies, procedures, and technical content;

• Participating in Driver Training Programmes;

• The design of Games time transport information guides in consultation with client groups;

• Liaison with external agencies, including UK Government departments, Transport for London, Metropolitan Police and security agencies on issues related to the ODA, Ceremonies operations and the Olympic/Paralympic Route Networks;

• Close, ongoing liaison with the principal Transport Contractor to ensure familiarity with the operation plans and confidence in the delivery of the planned service levels;

• On the ground oversight of the specific systems operations at the appropriate Load Zone/Staging Areas during each of the operational sessions, to ensure a successful delivery; and

• Serving as the main point of contact for the Ceremonies Transport operation and information input into the Transport Operations Centre.

Môn a Menai Sustainable Travel Area

A Project to conduct consultation on travel patterns in the City of Bangor and the wider Môn a Menai Sustainable Transport Area (STA). The STA project reflects the particular issues faced by a small city with a rural hinterland, and to provide transport services that meet the needs of the rural communities around the economic and administrative hub. The project is the first of its kind to focus on a region rather than a specific city in Wales.

The project entailed extensive public and stakeholder consultation to develop a series of improvements to bus services, walking and cycling routes, information and Smarter Choices activities.

The output was a comprehensive strategy and implementation programme to deliver a range of measures to promote and support sustainable travel and influence travel behaviour in North West Wales.

Parc Menai Travel Planning Project
In parallel with the Môn a Menai STA project this project carried out a detailed examination of Travel to Work on a large business park to the south west of Bangor City Centre. An extensive Travel to Work questionnaire survey was carried out amongst employees leading to the identification of a range of sustainable travel initiatives and the founding of a Travel Planning Partnership amongst businesses on the Park.

Mersey Gateway: Sustainable Transport Strategy
Developed a number of Improvement Themes for sustainable transport measures included in the Sustainable Transport Strategy for Halton to support the Mersey Gateway project.
Mersey Gateway: LTP3 and Concessionaire requirements
Refined and evolved a number of the Improvement Themes previously included in the Mersey Gateway Sustainable Transport Strategy for potential inclusion within the third Halton Local Transport Plan.

Connecting bus services: Salford Crescent - MediaCityUK
A study on behalf of Salford City Council and GMPTE to examine options for a new bus service connecting
Salford Crescent station and Salford University with the new MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays. The study assessed potential patronage and revenue for a number of different route options and recommended a preferred route. The study developed the proposal, on behalf of GMPTE, for a successful bid to the DfT’s Kickstart competition.

Proposed bus services: Kersal/Broughton – MediaCityUK
A study on behalf of Salford City Council to examine options for new bus service links between the Kersal and Broughton areas of Salford and the new MediaCityUK development at Salford Quays, which would complement the proposed service from Salford Crescent. The study involved significant consultation with local community representatives and assessed potential patronage and revenue for several different route options and recommended a preferred route.

Stepping Hill Hospital Accessibility Study
An Accessibility Study on behalf of GMPTE, Stockport MBC, Stockport PCT and Stepping Hill Hospital NHS Trust to examine accessibility to the Hospital site for staff, patients and visitors and make recommendations on transport and non-transport solutions to achieve improvements.

Partington Area Accessibility Study
An Accessibility Study on behalf of GMPTE and Trafford Borough Council to examine issues of accessibility to key services and facilities for this isolated residential estate. This entailed "roadshow" consultation with local residents and community groups and an audit of existing local facilities. The study recommended revisions to existing transport services, a safety and security initiative to encourage the reintroduction of withdrawn evening bus services, a travel awareness campaign and expansion of the local community transport provider.

Travel Planning and Travel Awareness events
Provided personalised travel advice and general “Smarter Choices” consultation at various travel planning and travel awareness "roadshows" for businesses across Greater Manchester, including events for L'Oreal, Kellogg's, Manchester United FC, Hilti, Fujitsu, Dupont, Trafford Centre, Manchester Science Park, CIS etc.